"You may dislike
something which is actually good for you, and you may like something
which is actually bad for you." (Qur’an 2:216).
What appears to be a real disaster may actually be a great blessing
in disguise. Our incarcerated brothers may provide a perfect example.
Discovering God and joining his kingdom is the greatest achievement
any human being can achieve. If incarceration is what it takes for
anyone to attain this precious goal, it is a small price indeed
for such a great treasure.
The Qur’an teaches us that if a disbeliever possesses all
the treasures of the world, even twice as much, he would readily
give it all up in exchange for a believer’s achievement (10:54,
13:18, & 39:47).
If you are a prisoner who discovered the true path to God, and
have decided to follow God’s true religion, you are far more
fortunate than a billionaire who has failed to discover God.
If you discovered Islam in prison, then incarceration was the greatest
blessing that ever happened to you.
It is established that this life is insignificant, when compared
real life of the eternal Hereafter. Mathematically,
when you divide any number by infinity, the product is zero.
So, even a thousand years in this world equal a zero
when compared to the infinite Hereafter.
With this Qur’anic understanding, we realize that it doesn’t
really matter whether we are poor or rich in this world, fat or
thin, tall or short, black or white, male or female, beautiful or
This life, no matter how long, passes like the blink of an eye
When God loves someone, He may afflict him or her with a temporary
problem just to get his or her attention. This is what Qur’an
teaches in Sura 6, Verse 42 and in 7:94.
Incarceration may be God’s way of blessing you, and getting
your attention. It means that God cares about you.
If you respond positively to God’s care, and decide to join
His kingdom, then he makes it up to you manyfold. He will appoint
you a King on Earth. This is God’s inviolable
promise as we see in Qur’an 24:55.
There is one important catch: you must
be absolutely positive that you have found
the pure Islam, not the Islam that is distorted by traditions and
More details in this in future issues In Shaa Allah.
Dear Muslim Prisoner :
We want to hear from you.
Please write to us, and keep us informed about the Muslim community
in your institution.
We will publish the news of our Muslim brothers who are incarcerated.
If you wish to stay anonymous, let us know.
We are interested in all kind of news: who is where, who is transferred,
to where, who is new, and who is leaving. Let us know how much time
is left to freedom, and we will start a countdown for you.
Let us know what you need, and what we can do to help you.
We will be glad to answer any question you have.